Future of Work – science or fiction?

What is the Future of Work?

By James Connaughton, Know Nothing Digest staff writer


In today’s market-place we are constantly being reminded of the globalization of business and the resulting fluctuations in the labor market.  After the lure-of-cheap-labor in the emerging market steals all of America’s factory work, we are told that the machines are coming for the rest our jobs.  Should we rise up against the machines or increase our xenophobic trading policies?  Maybe, just maybe, we should take a look at what it means to have a job.


Claire Burge, CEO and Founder at Wndyr, believes employers are wanting employees who are creative problem solvers and require less management.  Burge points out that as machines are claiming traditional human jobs, many jobs are being invented today that never existed before.  Wndyr’s CEO sees work as a giant playground and seeks to transform the modern workplace through human acceleration and education.


Burge references chaos theory, defined as a complex system where multiple micro changes happen regularly in a seemingly unpredictable manner, in characterizing modern global work patterns.  Claire Burge leads a team at a firm called “This is Productivity” that focuses on three areas of work: Humans, Workspaces and Technology.  This is Productivity is building a platform enabling automation between all of the various technologies humans use in their workspaces.


Siemens, Asos, Roche, Credit Suisse, EY and other leading technologies utilize Burge’s Future of Work thinking, planning and interaction models.


John Hagel, leader of the Center for the Edge at Deloitte and former senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., works to identify emerging business opportunities and consults for groups such as McKinsey & Co. and Boston Consulting Group.  His focuses have ranged from operational performance improvement and strategic management.


Hagel advocates learning to understand the digital economy and the social dimension of information and technology.   His research has shed light on the business implications of the disruptive technologies emerging in today’s global environment.  Hagel is an acolyte of Peter Drucker’s Management Challenges for the 21st Century and his Post-Capitalist Society.


This is the first of a series of investigations into what the Future of Work is going to look like in America post 2020, and more specifically what it might mean for would-be-employees in Oklahoma.




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